It is the first Monday of a new year. Many people are beginning new routines, habits, schedules and plans this week.
When I read my devotions this morning out of 2 Chronicles, I thought
"What an excellent 'resolution' for the New Year!"
To set the story a little, Asa was king over Judah. The Scriptures say he "did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God."
Asa's kingdom had 10 years of rest during which they built walled cities and prospered as a people.
Suddenly, though, a host of Ethiopians attacked. The Bible says there were a thousand thousand soldiers and three hundred chariots.
As Asa went out to battle, he prayed to God.
And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord, our God: for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.
2 Chronicles 14:11
What a testimony of Asa's great faith is his God!
Some days, we could spring out of bed and pray this prayer with all our hearts. Other days, it would take a great act of our will and our faith to pray these words.
I believe Asa cried out to in the midst of the battle the deep truth that he believed in his heart: "it is nothing with thee to help."
How big is God? Can He help you? Do you believe He can deliver you?
I believe the truth of this verse in my head.
Now, I'm asking the Lord to engrave the truth of this verse on my heart.
In the middle of my crisis, I want to be able to cry out to God for deliverance and have the faith that He will come to my aid. Not because I am worthy to be rescued, but because I am resting on Him.
Oh, and as for Asa, 2 Chronicles 14:12-13 tells us
"So the Lord smote the Ethiopians…and the Ethiopians fled…and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves, for they were destroyed before the Lord , and before his host…"
God is always victorious. We must be sure He is the One fighting our battles for us, as we rest in Him.